In 2016, the city was ranked 20th among 73 cities with a population of over 10 lakh and in 2017, it stood 137th among 434 cities. The city has clearly slipped as compared to its performance in last two rankings.
Among 100 cities with less than 1 lakh population, Katol in Nagpur district is placed 5th nationally with a score of 3,041 out of 4,000, in the rankings released by the ministry of housing and urban affairs on Saturday.
On a positive note, Nagpur has been adjudged best in the country in ‘Innovation and Best Practices’ category. The NMC also received the award for Smart Watches project titled ‘Soft Asset Geo-Fencing and Tracking for NMC employees’.
Union minister of state (independent charge) Hardeep Singh Puri presented the award to officiating mayor of Nagpur Municipal Corporation Deepraj Pardikar, municipal commissioner Virendra Singh, former municipal commissioner Ashwin Mudgal and deputy municipal commissioner Jayant Dandegaonkar at a programme held at Indore on Saturday. PM Narendra Modi was chief guest at the programme.
Fifty-eight cities from Maharashtra – including five from Vidarbha – were among the 100 participating cities with less than 1 lakh population. Katol is ranked 3rd in the state after Panchgani and Shirdi.
Among 100 cities with a population of over 1 lakh, 28 were from the state. Nagpur is at 10th position among cities in state (and second after Wardha among four participating cities in Vidarbha). Nagpur scored only 2,835 out of 4,000 marks; 639 out of 1,400 marks under service level progress category; 1,165 out of 1,200 marks under direct observation category and 1,031 out of 1,400 marks under citizen feedback and Swachhata App category.
Ruling party leader Sandip Joshi said every effort will be taken to improve the rankings next year. “I would like to congratulate the city for getting the award. We will identify the issues that resulted into low ranking and resolve all of them,” he said.
Leena Budhe of NGO Centre for Sustainable Development said NMC’s improper management was proving costly for the city. “City managed to achieve open defecation free city status last year. NMC miserably failed to implement garbage segregation project and execution of waste to energy plant. On the one hand we are planning disposal of garbage at source itself and on other hand we are setting up waste to energy plant at Bhandewadi dumping yard,” she said.
The NMC had appointed NGO All India Institute of Local Self-government to improve the rankings.